Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, will go head to head with School of Hard Knocks and will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest ever match of full contact rugby; and to raise £100,000 for their life-changing work

The attempt will take place at Hazelwood, the home of London Irish, from Sunday 25th- Monday 26th August 2019. Starting at 10am on 25th and finishing at around 6pm on 26th, the game will be played with 23 players per squad, under official laws, for 30 hours.

In 2015, School of Hard Knocks established a new World Record at 28 hours 33 minutes.  A new record was set in 2017, and now it’s Wooden Spoon’s chance to go head-to-head with SOHK and gain its third World Record in 2019.



The match will be supported by a number of high-profile ambassadors, with World Cup finalist Andy Gomarsall MBE and Scottish international Ben Hinshelwood already confirmed as playing.

Sarah Webb, CEO of Wooden Spoon said: “We are really excited to be taking part in our third World Record attempt of 2019.  We hope it will raise awareness of the life-changing work of both Wooden Spoon and School of Hard Knocks do in the UK.

“It gives both charities a great opportunity to celebrate rugby union in the run up to the Rugby World Cup and most importantly to raise £100,000 to help disadvantaged children in the UK have better opportunities in life.”

Wooden Spoon still have a few player places available in its record breaking team.  To be considered for selection, please email your rugby credentials to Juliette Gillard at jgillard@woodenspoon.org.uk.  

Wooden Spoon also has a range of sponsorship opportunities as part of the Longest match of rugby union.  To find out more visit woodenspoon.org.uk/longest-game

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